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It's The Gameplay, Stupid: Shadow of the Colossus

Imagine, if you can bear to, a version of Shadow of the Colossus in which you interact with the colossi purely in quick time events. It’s one of the best games of all time, but it would be made worthless and insulting by such a change. And yet, from the way people talk about the game, you’d think that it wouldn’t make a difference. They bang on about the story, the music, the art direction, the way the colossi flail when you kill them. There’s no talk about the excellent gameplay and level design…

Finding The Fun Medusa Heads In Castlevania

Why is Castlevania so fun? The older entries in its series still hold up today, even though there are games out there with more interesting stories and scripted events. The answer is because it has creative, elegant design. What does it mean to say it’s well designed? By reading its individual elements, we can find out.